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How to Remove Ink from a Microfiber Couch

How to Remove Ink from a Microfiber Couch

You can't help but admire the beauty of your new microfiber couch, and then your attention is diverted to that tiny ink stain that you just can't remove. Look no further, because here's a complete guide on removing it.
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Getting Ink Stains Off
Your new microfiber couch is perhaps your most prized possession at this very moment, till you see your little one, who has just learned how to hold a pen, scribble all over, and doing the same to your new sofa. As happy as you are to see him growing up and learning new things, don't you want to pull your hair off when you see her/him trying these newly learned tactics on your brand new sofa? How do you remove that stain? Don't think it's all over just yet. Instead, take a look at some simple methods of getting ink off your prized possession, and have it look as good as new.

Getting Ink Stains Off

Microfiber is a material that is made of thin strands of polyester fiber and resembles suede to a great extent. Some brands making this material are water and stain-resistant, but it is still likely that in some cases the use of water will leave behind a spot if not dried up thoroughly. Further, your couch may not be immune to all kinds of stains, such as ink. Now, before you run and pour some water on the ink mark and start cleaning your couch, be careful. Only if your sofa tag reads 'W' can you put water on it. Also, water is not ideal to remove ink. What you need is alcohol to clean them off. What you also need is a lot of effort if the mark is relatively old. Now, before you go ahead and use some methods to clean the couch, there are some things you need to do.
  • If you notice the stain when it is fresh, use a paper towel to blot the ink immediately. You will have to put in lesser effort to clean it later.
  • Before you do, put a little bit of rubbing alcohol on an area of your sofa that is not visible, to see if it releases color. If it is resistant to color spreading, you may go ahead and use the alcohol to clean out the blotch.
  • After you have blotted the stain, run your vacuum cleaner over the spot you are going to clean to eradicate any dust that may spread and dirty your couch further.
Once you have done all this, use the following methods to get that ink blotch off.

Hand Sanitizer
One of the methods that has been popularized by all those who have had to remove ink from microfiber couches is the usage of hand sanitizer. Simply pour a generous amount on a clean lint-free cloth, and start rubbing the stain from the outside to the inside. Don't simply rub in any direction, it may blot further. When you rub the spot, it is natural that the section of the cloth you are cleaning with absorb the ink. Once this happens, pour some sanitizer on a fresh portion of the cloth and rub again. Use a paper towel to blot the excess and allow the portion to dry. The stain is likely to get erased completely.

Rubbing Alcohol
If your sofa tag reads 'W', use this method to clean the ink blotch off the couch. Combine one part water with one part rubbing alcohol. Dip a clean toothbrush in this concoction, and slowly rub the spot with the toothbrush. Again, work your way inward to prevent the stain from spreading further. Continue dipping and rubbing the toothbrush on the spot till it goes away completely. Use some plain water to rub the area after it has gone and blot it dry with a paper towel. Allow it to dry before you use the sofa again.

Instead of the aforementioned methods, you can also use pure vodka to clean the stain by pouring a few drops on a clean white terrycloth. Baby wipes also contain alcohol and may be used to remove ink from microfiber couches. Once again, remember that you first should test a small portion of your sofa that isn't on display to check if the alcohol does not damage it. Once you do so, you can safely use it. After trying all the methods to remove ink from your microfiber couch if the stain still does not go, it is best to call a professional who will help you in this regard. Do not attempt any other methods or you may damage the sofa further.
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